President Barack Obama intends to nominate Mignon Clyburn, a utility regulator and former newspaper executive from South Carolina, to the Federal Communications Commission.

The five-member FCC has three vacancies. The president has announced his intent to nominate Julius Genachowski to fill the chairman's seat.

The White House announced the president's decision on Clyburn late Wednesday. FCC nominees need to be confirmed by the Senate.

Clyburn is the daughter of the House majority whip, Rep. James Clyburn. She has been a member of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina since 1998. Before that, she spent 14 years as the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a weekly newspaper in Charleston.